Femme Fatale Sudachi
Evil Twin Brewing

Femme Fatale SudachiFemme Fatale Sudachi
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Style:
Brett Beer
Ranked #60
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,569
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
136
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  18
SCORE
87
Very Good
Femme Fatale SudachiFemme Fatale Sudachi
Notes: A new version of Evil Twin’s classic brett fermented I.P.A. feauring Sudachi, an Asian citrus, for a nice citrusy note.
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden with a hint of haze, lots of small fast rising bubbles, and 4 fingers of yellowish installation foam like head.

Smells of Brett, pee, creme brulee, and 'Crunch' chocolate bar toffee foam.

Tastes of Brett, caramelized sugar, pee, jam, marmelade, and a strange citrus quality which I assume is sudachi. Hints of bitterness which I imagine to be the rind and pith of the fruit, as the taste is similar to some limes', and grapefruits' skin. Little sourness, not really present as I was expecting. The aftertaste is of lemon zest.

Medium, slightly jammy body, with lots of foamy carbonation.

Got on wish beer some time ago, drinking in Chiang Mai, Oct 31st, 2016. Really interesting, but not busting it. Not the sourness I had expected, nor the clarity of Brett I'd hoped for. It mingles with both, and is somewhat interesting, doing a dance but not set on one partner.

Oct 31, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is citrus, fruit and the expected Brett. The flavor is tropical fruit, citrus, Brett, fruit, malts, slightly grainy texture and a mildly sweet/increasingly bitter finish.

Feb 11, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 15/11/15

A hazed golden yellow, enough clarity to see plenty of bubbles everywhere, two fingers has amazing retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving nearly continuous lace all the way down the side, amazing looking beer
Edit- second pour looks like juice, there's a ridiculous amount of yeasty sediment in this stuff, looks like milky juice, still has great retention and lace just looks like a completely different beer the second time around

S massive tropical nose, I can't recall trying sudachi before but its like tangerine, sweet orange, pineapple juice, lemon, and mango, some brett but I'm guessing this ones fresh, fairly catty, floral, and gets funkier as it warms

T the tropical flesh turns into citrus peel in the mouth, lots of rind going on its taking over really, still has some faint brett, some pine I didn't smell, a big step back from the smell

M medium bodied, a little foamy, bitter and gritty, I haven't eaten kitty litter since infancy but I could see the aftertaste having some resemblance

O started off great and tapered off fairly quickly, looked amazing, smelled great and just couldn't follow through, not bad in anyway though just a little build up for a let down

If I had only looked at and smelled this one it would've scored very high, not sure what happened here to be honest, had world class potential out of the gate and ended up decent

Nov 15, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, part of a few new variations of this Brettanomyces series to arrive locally of late.

This beer pours, like its brethren, with a stupid and ridiculous amount of aggressively foamy ecru head, which initially fills the glass, before revealing a hazy medium golden yellow colour, and some patchy cloud-form lace around the glass as it very slowly recedes.

It smells of funky white cheese, zesty yeast, bready and slightly doughy pale malt, an underripe lime-like fruitiness, and some gritty grassy and wet woodsy hop bitterness. The taste is grainy, lightly crackery pale malt, a mildly funky, sort of musty bacterial presence, standoffish earthy yeast, edgy, and none-too-sweet lemon/lime esters, and more grassy, weedy, and leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is certainly quite active in its swirling fizzy and frothy natures, the body a decent middleweight, and not particularly smooth, of course, but hardly disagreeable, either. It finishes off-dry, but just so, as the small dose of lingering malt and ethereal fruit sweetness don't seem long for this world.

Overall, the Brett behaves (other than in the overwrought, and persistent effervescence) like it should - a laid-back, non-interfering sour/funky/musty guest, letting the rest of the beer get on with things. I am pleased that the Japanese Sudachi fruit is more than just perceptible, which goes a long way in making me want to actually finish this offering.

Nov 06, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is outstanding although I can't really place the Sudachi. I can pick up some sort of citrus, but in a general sort of way. Very easy drinking brett. Appearance is amazing with a mammoth head that slowly settles.

Nov 04, 2015
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shigg85 from Japan

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an absolutely beautiful Brett IPA with thick foam and a cloudy appearance. The sudachi fruit gives a nice citrus tang to the brew and makes every sip a joy! Definitely get it if you can!

Sep 19, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

2.28/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: Opaque sunburnt peach golden body (enough different colors?) holds up a frothy, sea foam white head. Takes forever to recede. Leaves thick bands of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Something between musty carpet and cat litter. A subtle citrus, orange in the background.

Taste: Unfortunately, just like the aroma. It has the bitterness of an IPA and I can taste the piny hops, but otherwise I feel like I'm drinking liquified cat litter. There's a musty taste that is just undescribable.

Mouthfeel: Very, very dry.

Overall: Wow. Just wow. Apparently I know nothing of Sudachi fruit, although I was expecting a variant on the citrus group of limes, lemons, and oranges. I'm unaware of what the cat litter and musty aromas and tastes mean. Please disregard this review.

Jun 14, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a rather cloudy body for an IPA, golden color, two finger head that dies slow and leaves lace ring down glass.
Aroma has light, dirty citric hops with some spices as well and no real malt presence.
The hops in this beer are crisp and dry and smooth, something I like, and there is a funky/spicy presence that compliments them and leads to a dry finish.
I never really noticed any sour or fruity aspect in this beer but it's not a typical IPA and one I really can't describe - just try it yourself if you don't mind a non-traditional IPA.

Dec 09, 2014
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CHickman from New York

3.82/5  rDev -1.5%

On tap at Clinton Hall in NYC, pours very cloudy gold color with a foamy 2 finger white head that faded very slowly and left good lacing. Smells like a starfruit, lemon and some strange citrus fruit which I'll assume is Sudachi since I've never smelled it. Nose is very fruity and citrusy with barnyard funk, grains and skunky herbal or vegetable notes. It's smells alright, just difficult to describe. Tastes of yeast, wet moldy funk and then a blast of citrus with lemon, orange peel, bitter red grapefruit, coriander, pepper, sour apple, suede or leather and sweet malt like a wet wheat bread. This came off more funky than hoppy and lacks the IPA hop punch I hoped for. It's light, crisp and smooth feeling with zesty/fizzy carbonation, but it missed the mark in the flavor overall. I like the experiment here, just not crazy about the end result.

Dec 02, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i really didnt care for this one all that much, and considering how much i loved the yuzu version, it was a real disappointment for me. also seems odd that you would choose such a far out wild ale to introduce a fruit like sudachi to most american palates. i dont know what it tastes like in isolation, neither do many americans i have to imagine, so is the weirdness i am tasting this fruit? is it the bacterial and brett cultures? is it the hops mixing weird? its just impossible to tell, and the inability to understand it hurts my enjoyment just a little. its also real thick in feel, bready and chewy and dense, not light and effervescent like the other one, although carbonation is not an issue here. its almost muddy in look and feel from the amount of yeast still in the bottle. creamy and bitter, tangy and tart, grainy but fruity too, its a strange combination where the heavy handed hops seem to be distracting and the brett seems a little under developed. not bad beer, and i definitely appreciate the experimentation immensely, but this is a miss for me on a lot of levels. still keen to try the other beers in the series though, thats for sure.

Nov 10, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, passion fruit, pine, citrus rind, pepper, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, cracker, bread, and yeast/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops, fruit, and fruity/funky brett notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, passion fruit, pine, citrus rind, pepper, hay, straw, grass, musty fink, cracker, bread, and yeast/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, pepper, pine, musty funk, and yeast/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops, fruit, and fruity/funky brett flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited Brett IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruit, and fruity/funky brett flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 08, 2014
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottle:
A: hazy yellowish-gold with loads of white head. In certain light the pour looked a little dirty, but against a light, it was fine. Head laced the glass very well.

S: lemon-fresh nose, and by that I mean the smell reminds me of some meadow-fresh dryer sheets (without the chemical notes). Little bit of grass and twigs in the smell as well. The presence of the Brett can be discerned.

T/M: the taste reminds me a bit of Sorachi Ace, but more towards the citrus side and not as dry. Taste is a bit more grassy than I got in the smell. The citrus is not so much lemony, and when combined with the grassy notes, seems more like grapefruit rind. The beer is fairly dry right from the start, even thought the abundance of carbonation lightens the body a bit. The citrus also tries to add refreshment the front, but loses out fairly quickly to a reedy dryness.

O: I like the combination of dryness and citrus flavor. I wished the lemon or lime flavor made its presence known a little more in the taste, at least in the front, perhaps adding a contrast of a light, fruity beginning and a nice dry ending. These two parts meld together fairly quickly, and the overall drier feel is what, for me, prevents it from getting a higher rating.

Oct 27, 2014
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed honey color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Clears up, great head retention & lacing

S: Funky, citrus, wet hay

T: Lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, pear & sourness/tartness, a little dryness as well up front. Dryness with mineral & grapefruitty hops, plus pears & melons & much bretttness as this warms. Finishes with Brett, pineapple, grapefruit rind, & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, dry, delicate carbonation, stellar balance

Stelllar drinkability, a great Brett slanted iteration of the style!

Oct 04, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy medium straw amber with hints of gold and a big three finger white head with excellent retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of orange family citrus, bready malt, mild funk, light grassy hops. Flavor is bretty yeast, grapefruit and orange citrus, grassy hops, interesting light tropical fruit flavors develop in the middle, finishing with brett, bitter citrus and grassy hops, lightly astringent. Medium bodied with peppery, active carbonation. I wish I knew what Sudachi tasted like alone, but the citrus here, with elements of grapefruit, lemon and orange is interesting. Nice balance in the main flavors with hops perhaps being overwhelmed by the citrus and brett. I like a deft touch with wild yeast and this delivered for me, present, but not overpowering. Not exactly my favorite style, this was quite satisfying and well done. An ale that ends up greater than its parts, largely due to the uncommon citrus flavors.

Sep 30, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of funk from the Brettanomyces yeast are present in the nose—these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The Brett is much more noticeable in the taste and produces funky flavors from start to finish; these are also accompanied by a light amount of bitterness from the hops. There are slight amounts of sourness, which I presume are from the Sudachi citrus fruit.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I would classify this beer as an American Wild Ale instead of an American IPA because is much more funky than it is bitter. In any event, it was interesting to drink, especially if you like funky beers.

Serving type: bottle

Sep 25, 2014
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MasterfulIdiot from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a cloudy pale orange, and the pour kicks up a ridiculously huge white head that keeps growing after you stop pouring and does not die down at all for several minutes! Really crazy. Leaves ridiculous amounts of lace as well.

Aroma is intense citrus, almost like orange candy. I was expecting the sudachi to be more delicate like yuzu, but this is a pretty intense, in-your-face citrus aroma. There's also a hint of funk and straw, and maybe a little bit of cardamom, as well as some yeasty fruity esters - green apples, grapes, etc.

Wow - very interesting flavors. Very intense citrus that tastes almost spicy and has a pretty intense bitterness on your tongue. It's backed by a not-overpowering-but-still-strong amount of funk and hay. There's some grassiness from the hops, and a kind of green tea quality. Some of the yeasty fruits come through as well. The finish is pretty bitter, but in a weird, tea-like way. Cardamom comes out on the aftertaste, along with some more fruity esters and a kind of vinous flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall, really interesting and well-put together. The sudachi is pretty crazy, and it was a good compliment to the hops and brett, although the intensity of it makes it kind of difficult to drink the whole bomber.

Sep 25, 2014
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Greywulfken from New York

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: medium gold and hazed; billowy white head as-fat-as-you-want-it - left lace sheets all down the glass

S: bright floral citrus aromas - especially "fresh-off-the-branch" lime - over vague barnyard elements

T: the sudachi fruit does not disappoint - sharp and crisp and limey - big green flowers and lime pith; subtle funk from the brett in the background softens the lime and citrus flower assault, but still lets it take center stage. Clean, fresh pale malts support the bitter citric action

M: light, tight, and crisp, but with a nice smoothing lush quality - full but lean; brightly bittering; ample fuzzy carbonated feel

O: absolutely delightful to an unabashed fan of blending citric fruit with brett funk. *bias in effect* As compared to their Yuzu Pale, this had a sharper citric effect and a more subdued brett character; their Yuzu Pale had more grapefruit-citrus and the brett funk was huskier. I really dug this ale, and I imagine fans of pale brett beers with a citric-forward-character ales would dig it as well. I'm also pretty sure that this is exactly what they were going for...

Sep 22, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Tangy, tart and hinging on sourness- the smooth but bitter taste of American IPA gives way to a darker and slightly more sinister shadow- that of wild yeast to impart challenge and intrigue.

Its bright lemon-yellow hue casts a powdery haze while shedding a cottony white lather above. Its tangy citrus aromas and early taste is bright with white grapefruit, under-ripened orange, lemon, tart berry and passionfruit.

But over the middle, the brightness of citrus and tropical fruit takes on a drier, more leathery, musty and aged fruit character. With a periphery of dry chardonnay and cork looming, the juiciness of fruit also trends pithy and rind-like as the beer's hop bitterness regains control. A slightly salty brine and plaster-like tact keeps the tastebuds guessing.

Sharply bitter and continued dryness rounds out the finish. Its wafer-thin malt sweetness dissolves in an instant to allow the complexities of fruit and vegetation from hops and the musty saddle leather nose of yeast duel it out in quick finish and an arid aftertaste.

Sep 07, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Grassy, grapefruit aroma, with a floral tone and light malt sweetness. Flavor is crackery malt, slightly bready, with a bitter, grassy finish. There's an underlying grapefruit tone that lingers throughout. More bitter than I prefer.

Sep 07, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle shared by Curran, today, and drank side by side with the Kabosu variant.

Pours a brilliant, hazy bright orange, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells much more Bretty than the Kabosu, musty and chalky, with a bit of citrus and pine.

The fruit used in this, Sudachi, doesn't seem as juicy and citrusy as Kabosu, so the Brett qualities in this beer shine more strongly. There's a bit of musty funk, some slight citrus, and a much stronger amount of bitter pine than the other variant.

This one has a crisp, smooth mouthfeel, with some slight lingering bitterness, and a medium amount of carbonation. Medium bodied.

A fairly solid Brett IPA, far from the best I've had, though.

Aug 30, 2014
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 136 ratings